I thoroughly enjoyed “My Life as a Warrior” by Jennifer Sky in the September 10 issue of The New York Times.
Ms. Sky was recruited into modeling as a teenager, and found it soul-shattering. She turned to acting, got a part on Xena: Warrior Princess, and blossomed.
… Still recovering from an adolescence of exploitation at the hands of the fashion industry, it was shout-it-to-the-heavens inspiring. … I crushed so hard on Xena that I wrote Lucy Lawless, the actress who played her, a fan letter — and I worked on the show. [emphasis added]
Heartwarming, and highly recommended (and I’m not a fanboy: I probably saw Xena for a grand total of 30 seconds).